Texas high school football lost a legend yesterday and TASO
Football last a dear friend. The "Dean" of Texas football officials,
Beau Hicks left us to join the love of his life, Nelda, in eternity Sunday
morning. Beau has bend officiating football since 1957 and even worked a high
school game last year. Beau worked his way up to the Southwest Conference and
Big XII, including more that a dozen bowl games. He continued to stay involved
by observing for the Big XII and as a scout for the NFL.
Where Beau truly has left his mark was on the countless number of football officials he assisted in getting better and moving up the ranks. It didn't matter if you wanted to sharpen your skills to move form sub varsity to varsity from high school to college or from college to the NFL, Beau always had time to help and a smile on his face. Beau was a well sought after clinician serving as an instructor at every TASO clinic and many football officiating camps all across the country .... and Nelda was his constant companion.
Beau left his mark off the field as well, serving in every office of the Southeast Texas/Beaumont Chapter and was a TASO Football Division Board member serving as District IV Director at the time of his death. I am proud and honored to have been his colleague and friend.
On Monday, August 18th, I was honored to join Bud Alexander, Bill Fecci and Tommy Moore to pay tribute to Beau in Beaumont. Click HERE for a link to a local news story.
I shared a few press boxes and sidelines with Beau but I never had the honor to work on the same field. I think that some day, Beau is going to let me crew-up with him and no doubt will provide a few pointers. If I am smart, I will listen and learn. Beau, give Nelda a hug from all of us, we miss you both.
There is a Facebook public group page called "Tribute to Beau Hicks" if you would like to join and share your personal thoughts about Beau.
Funeral services for Beau are scheduled for Wednesday, September 3 at 10:00 AM at Wesley UMC Beaumont (3810 N Major Dr, Beaumont, TX 77713). Graveside service and post-funeral reception will follow. Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 2 from 5:00 -7:00 PM at Broussard's Mortuary (1605 N Major Dr., Beaumont, TX).